Pay Equity: Preventing Wage Discrimination

Posted on: June 26, 2017 by Huntersure LLC.

Establishing Pay Equity > Avoiding Wage Discrepancies

As claims continue to rise for employers, we’re going to take a detailed look at how to prevent wage discrimination, ensure equal pay among men and women in the organization, and mitigate legal liabilities. As your clients assist their customers in navigating this uncertain legal future, ensure they are protected with a comprehensive Lawyer Professional Liability Insurance program.

Know the laws.

The Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires that men and women receive equal pay for equal work. Generally, jobs do not have to be identical for equal pay to be required, but substantially equal in terms of skill, effort and job responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions. The term pay refers not just to salary but also overtime, bonuses, vacation and holiday pay, stock options, life insurance, and all other benefits and compensation of any kind paid to employees. Pay disparities may be allowed under a seniority system, a merit system or a system measuring earnings by quality or quantity of production, or, if wages were set based on a factor other than sex, explains Xpert HR.

Make objective decisions.

All employees, especially management and supervisors, need to be trained to grant raises and salaries in an objective manor that is based on skill sets and performance as opposed to sex. In fact, employers should make sure that any salary guidelines or requirements for any bonus (whether it is based on merit, productivity, sales or commissions) are well documented and based on fair, objective, predictable and measurable criteria.

The more employees know, and the more everyone is on the same page with expectations, the less likely they are to be faced with an unequal pay lawsuit.

Implement a written anti-wage discrimination policy.

Establish and implement a policy that coincides with this Discrimination Policy or EEO Policy to prohibit unequal pay, or raises/bonuses that are given without merit.

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